At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)
How to submit a Guest Commentary
What to know:
Bridge welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff.
Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion.
We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.
We do not pay for guest commentary.
Here are some guidelines:
- Columns are usually 500-700 words
- They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
- The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
- The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up
- Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background
- Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
- We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.
That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make.
Who to contact:
Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Getting into college is one thing. Finishing is another. Programs that can help ‘some college’ students become graduates are vital to the state’s economic health.
Rather than rewarding utilities for spending the greatest amount of money on energy investment and infrastructure, we need to align their interests with the public’s in seeking to reduce energy use, safety concerns and pollution.
The state will best begin its climb back to prosperity by acknowledging some hard facts about its past – and future. Education and talent are more important than manufacturing.
Large, big-box retailers are taking advantage of the loophole , which is gutting resources for local schools and essential services across Michigan
Legislation and awareness is a good start, but the next step should be focused on specific areas where work needs to be concentrated.
Bipartisan legislation in Lansing can help lessen the debt for Michigan college graduates
So what’s trending in the state’s real estate? Some segments are doing better than others, but it’s all better than during the recession.
Roughly 40 percent of state funds meant to educate Detroit students are being diverted to service past debts incurred by the district. This is not fair to a big city student population already ranked last in the nation.
Just getting there -- even getting through -- isn't enough. Colleges and universities could do more to ensure their students are not just receiving diplomas, but actual educations.
Record spending on state political campaigns is accompanied by an increased lack of transparency in public reporting, to the detriment of democracy in Michigan
With student-loan debt spread among 40 million borrowers, they need to know what is a “reasonable” amount to take on, and have more options for paying it all back.
How would you like to be defined by something you’re not? Ask a ‘non-white’ person.
Michigan’s students are capable of great things, but they have to be asked. Set the bar high, provide support, and watch them rise to the challenge.
Paradoxically, training employees to eventually leave their current jobs may be the best strategy for keeping good jobs filled.
Too many are leaving for the South and West, but among those who are arriving? Many are young and good earners.
Calls for reforming Michigan’s prison system by releasing thousands more prisoners ignores the fact that Michigan is more violent than other states and only puts the worst offenders behind prison walls
Auto-accident victims should be wary of illegal, but still widely practiced, abuses of the system.
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Getting insurance is only part of the battle. If patients can’t afford their deductibles and co-pays, they can find themselves underinsured, with attendant problems.
Utility companies have a financial interest in maintaining a system that works in their favor, but Michigan residents deserve better from their lawmakers.